Paradip: Essar Bulk Terminal Paradip Ltd.(EBTPL) has handled 2.8 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) till November 2017, an increase of 20% over 2.3 mtpa handled last year. The CQ3 terminal at Paradip Port has achieved an average productivity of 90,000 tonnes per day, registering an over 20% rise in cargo handling so far this fiscal.

EBTPL was awarded 15-year license in 2010 to mechanise and operate the CQ3 terminal from Paradip Port .The company increased capacity of the conventional (manual) berth from 4 MTPA to 16 MTPA at a cost of Rs 565 crore.

EBTPL has also received appreciation from Paradip Port Trust for loading 100,000 tonnes equivalent in a day, with a peak load rate of 4,500 tonnes per hour (TPH), the highest loading rate achieved till date in Paradip Port for iron ore and pellets.

The terminal is used extensively to load pellets produced at Essar Steel’s 6-million tonne Paradip plant onto vessels bound for its Hazira Steel Complex, where the pellets are used in the steelmaking process.